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FCA opens notifications for temporary permissions regime in case of no-deal Brexit

By François Pfister, Anne-Gaëlle Delabye In order to ensure that investment funds that are currently marketed in the United Kingdom under the European Economic Area (EEA) passporting regime continue to be able to do so in the event of there being no implementation period based on the withdrawal agreement after 29 March (no-deal Brexit), the […]

Changes in the procedure for admission of foreign medical devices and medicines to public procurement in Russia

On 1 January 2019, amendments to the Resolution of the Government of the Russian Federation No. 102 of 05.02.2015 that provides for restrictions and conditions for the admission of certain types of medical devices originating from foreign countries for the purpose of procurement for state and municipal needs (“Resolution No. 102”). And the Resolution of […]

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Advocate put on trial by peers

A leading Scottish defence advocate is himself set to face trial – by his own peers. Donald Findlay QC’s career could be in jeopardy if he is found guilty. Findlay allegedly made anti-Catholic sectarian comments following Rangers’ victory over Celtic in the recent Scottish Cup Final. He then resigned as vice-chairman of Rangers, after being […]

Shakespeares' former partner struck off by solicitors' tribunal

A former Shakespeares partner who misused almost u350,000 of client funds has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. In a case exclusively revealed by The Lawyer (1 February), John Vernon paid himself u189,000 out of clients funds during his years at the Birmingham firm, while u156,000 went to other clients. The shortfall might […]

Merger mania reaches chambers

Medium-size chambers are teaming up to survive in an increasingly competitive market. Matheu Swallow reports. Intense market pressure is driving chambers inexorably toward merger and rapid consolidation simply to survive. Following revelations that Christopher Purchas QC’s 2 Crown Office Row and Michael Spencer QC’s 1 Paper Buildings are to merge (The Lawyer, 22 November), there […]

Ex-spy sues for rights of free expression

The Law Lords are to hear an appeal brought by one of the UK’s most infamous spies, George Blake. Blake is fighting to have a court order lifted that freezes the profits of his recent autobiography. After considering the matter in private, Lords Nicholls, Hutton and Hobhouse have now granted leave for appeal against the […]

In brief: The Lord Chancellor's Department

The Lord Chancellor’s Department has appointed Adam Courtenay Chippindall, District Judge Joan Mary Ruth Dowell, Richard Alan Flowerdew, Richard Anthony Lissack, Robert Martin James Meeke, Daniel John Pearce-Higgins, Jeremy Hugh Stuart-Smith and District Judge John Turner as recorders on the Western Circuit.

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